Soups are great for the cold winter months and they can also help to balance out all the overindulging around Christmas.
Shop-bought soups can be a quick and simple cholesterol-friendly lunch option if you don’t have time to make it from scratch. Make sure you pick soups that are low in saturated fat (i.e. contain less than 1.5g per 100g) and have at least one cholesterol-lowering ingredient, such as beans, lentils or barley.
Here are some good cholesterol-lowering shop-bought soups:-
- Covent Garden Lentil And Smoked Bacon Soup
- M&S Chicken & Super Grain Soup
- M&S Spicy Lentil Soup (v)
- Morrisons Tomato, Red Pepper & Lentil Soup (v)
- Morrisons Winter Vegetable Soup (v)
- Tesco Three Bean Chilli Soup (v)
- Yorkshire Provender Chicken & Lentil Soup
If you can’t find one that you like with cholesterol-lowering ingredients, just buy any low fat soup and add your own cooked tinned beans before heating it up.
You can make cholesterol-friendly ‘croutons’ for your soup by breaking up oatcakes and adding them just before serving. Or simply eat your soup with a wholemeal, seeded or rye bread roll. For cholesterol-friendly margarine options, see this post.
If you have a bit more time, there are lots of recipes online for soups that that can help to lower cholesterol. Here are some my favourites:-
- Carrot, Chicken & Barley Soup
- Kale, White Bean & Chicken Soup
- Mexican Chicken & Bean Soup
- Red Lentil & Chicken Soup
- Barley Fish Soup
- Red Lentil & Sole Soup
- Salmon & Corn Chowder
- Salmon Noodle Soup
- Smoked Salmon & Leek Chowder
- Bean & Barley Vegetable Soup
- Minestrone Pasta Soup
- Chickpea & Noodle Soup
- Indian Winter Vegetable Soup
- Kidney Bean, Spinach, & Orzo Soup
- Moroccan Carrot & Red Lentil Soup
- Moroccan Spicy Lentil Soup
- Red Lentil, Chickpea & Chilli Soup
- Spicy Tomato and Lentil Soup
- Spicy Vegan Black Bean Soup
- Stuffed Pepper Lentil Soup